You may not know this, but I am a huge Doctor Who fan. I have been watching doctor who since I first saw Peter Cushing in the movie re-run of Dr. Who and the Daleks. My first doctor I remember was Jon Pertwee (1970–74); my mother even watched it with us on PBS.
Although the effects and cinematography was lacking by today’s standards, I never seen a series like it. It was this series, and a few books, which got me into science fiction. From there, it was a progression to Fantasy genre of which, I currently write. In my books, the protagonist is a strong, independent woman. I believe in strong female characters because my mother was a strong person.
So, I am pleasantly surprise that after more than fifty years, the series has finally (and long overdue) picked Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor Who: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1IczjLYCIM. I would assume that after picking a female character for the Master (Missy), that it was a logical progression. I am quite excited by this choice. It was a new and astonishing choice, which I believe will rejuvenate a series and lead it into a bold new paradigm.
I am very excited. It is too bad that it took this long for a female Doctor to become a reality, but at least the deed is done.
—Robert Confiant 16 July 2017